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Odd one out

Anne D.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Odd one out

une pomme à cuire = a cooking apple jumps out to me as an odd one out. You wash with a washing machine, iron with an iron and sew with a sewing machine but the apple is the one being cooked here. Is this a peculiarity of edible things or does the French just work differently to English?

 

 

 

Asked 10 months ago
Chris W.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Are you saying the une pomme à cuire follows a different pattern than the other examples?

une machine à laver -- a machine for washing -- a washing machine
un fer à repasser -- an iron for ironing -- an iron
une machine à coudre -- a machine for sewing -- a sewing machine

une pomme à cuire -- an apple for cooking -- a cooking apple

CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Anne,

Thank you for your comments! You are correct that "une pomme à cuire" is different from the other examples. We amended the lesson to explain this particular example.

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

Anne D.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Yes, but you don’t wash the washing machine, iron the iron or sew the sewing machine -they are all subjects of the verb introduced by à. You cook the apple, not use it for cooking something else! I’m perfectly prepared to accept that it works differently in French, but it feels to me like a category error.

Odd one out

une pomme à cuire = a cooking apple jumps out to me as an odd one out. You wash with a washing machine, iron with an iron and sew with a sewing machine but the apple is the one being cooked here. Is this a peculiarity of edible things or does the French just work differently to English?

 

 

 

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